The Board of Advisors
Carrington Barrs - Founder
Carrington spent the first 10 years of his professional career as a superintendent and project manager for a large commercial construction company in Portland, OR (Walsh Construction). The next 10 years were spent operating and co-owning B&G Builders, Inc. (sold 2012), which was formed to fulfill two best friend's vision of developing and constructing socially, economically, and environmentally viable projects based on the principle of being stewards of our community through strong sustainable design and construction practices. During these years, Carrington also worked as an adjunct professor at Portland Community College (Sustainable Construction Practices & Advanced Blueprint Reading) and performed as a professional musician. In the Hood River area, Carrington taught music, math, and science at New Vision School, while continuing his real estate development and construction consulting activities.
Carrington received a BA from the University of Florida and an MBA from the University of Washington (both in Construction Management). He lives in Parkdale on 16 acres with his wife, son, daughter, dog, and 14 chickens. Hobbies include woodworking, welding, music, mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, traveling, and just enjoying life!
Joe O'Neill - Founder
Joe is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning historical fiction middle reader series - The Red Hand Adventures. The series is renowned for it's historical, geographical, and ethical lessons (as well as being page-turners). He was recently called, 'an Ian Fleming for the middle grade set' by Kirkus Reviews.
In addition, Joe is the founder and owner of Waquis Global. An international banking firm with over 200 employees in Colombo, Sri Lanka started in July, 2000.
Joe lives in Hood River with his wife, daughter, dog, three cats, and loves mountain biking, writing, soccer, fly fishing, snow boarding, and traveling with his family.
Vicki has over 50 years of educational experience in a wide variety of disciplines and roles. She started teaching English at Lakeview Junior High and then at Corvalis High School. In 1981 she started The Phoenix School - a school dedicated to helping at-risk kids. She served as both a teacher and Executive Director for ten years at The Phoenix School.
More recently, she works with the Hood River County Education Foundation and the Ford Foundation in their scholarship committees and assessing scholarship recipients.
Eric Pollard is a professional skier, designer and film maker. He grew up at the base of Mt. Hood Oregon where he began skiing professionally at the age of 15. Eric is world renown as an athlete, but has also made a name for himself by innovating a range of products as a product designer, evolving the aesthetic of gear as an artist and graphic designer, and communicating his unique approach to skiing as a film maker.
He has enjoyed two decades of working closely with Dakine and Line Skis. Eric now resides in Mt. Hood Parkdale Oregon with his wife and two daughters.
Karen Ford is a 13-year Hood River resident, mom of a middle-schooler and active participant in the community. She currently works at a small but mighty writing studio, managing e-commerce copy creation for a global athletics company. Prior, Karen worked in a variety of marketing communications positions including corporate event production, retail marketing, and commercial property management.
Karen recently served a 4-year term as Board Member for Hood River Parks & Rec, and she enjoys finding creative ways to serve her community. A longtime advocate of alternative education, Karen is excited to support the mission of Wildwood Academy.